I think last nights Grammys was the first time I ever watched the program from start to finish. Well, almost start to finish. I was distracted for a couple minutes a time or two. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised. I remember trying to watch it many years ago but was turned off by all the rap crap that I just don’t enjoy. To me that’s just not music. Some hip hop (if that’s what you call it isn’t too bad (I can’t believe I just said that) but it’s still not my preferred style. But music is supposed to have some sort of rhythm or melody, at least to me. Some guy, or group, just screaming profanities into the microphone about killing a cop or beating up women in a poetic style isn’t music by any stretch of the imagination to me.
There were a couple things I didn’t get, like the giant mouse heads that were playing some electro-beat piece in the cubicle next to the Foo Fighters (I think) and the MIA intro was a little too far out for me. I don’t know if it’s my ears or what, but in many songs, and not just on the Grammys, I have trouble hearing the artist and understanding the lyrics. But that’s nothing new, we’re still trying to figure out the 1963 lyrics of Louie, Louie, by the Kingsmen. I think if they had made the vocals a tiny big louder and the instruments a tiny bit softer it would have worked better.
Adele, whom I had never seen before (I wouldn’t have know her if she had walked into my living room), won big and I really like her song Rolling In The Deep. Did I miss it or was Lady Gaga non-existent. I don’t recall her performing at all unless you consider her appearance dressed as the Gortons Fisherman’s latest catch a performance. She too has a great voice but I don’t get the weird outfits, but that’s who she is I guess.
I thought the choreography and lighting were outstanding for the most part. I was impressed with how articulate LL Cool J was as the host. I really enjoyed Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Tony Bennett (though his age is FINALLY starting to show a little), the tribute to Glen Campbell and I always enjoy watching the In Memorial portion of awards programs. Did I miss it or was Etta James not in that part last night? I didn’t see her photo or name there. I know they did a tribute to her earlier.
Is anyone else tired of hearing I Will Always Love You? Whitney Houston had an amazing talent and a voice that few can match. I thought Jennifer Hutson did a good job in her musical tribute to Whitney. The whole program was great in the way they honored Whitney with such short notice. But since the news broke of Houston’s death I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard a clip of that song. It’s starting to annoy me and that’s sad. She truly had an amazing gift that has been silenced. Do we need to keep hearing that one clip over and over and over? I just hope I die before Justin Bieber.